Anesthesiology Residency

The Virginia Mason Department of Anesthesiology has provided a fully accredited anesthesia training program since the early 1950’s. We have been credited with many of the scientific advancements of this field - positioning us as one of the foundational programs in our specialty. Our program strives to provide excellence in patient care in an innovative and economically sound atmosphere which supports education, research and individual and mutual professional satisfaction.

Our training program consists of nine clinical anesthesia residents per class and offers both advanced (PGY-2) and categorical (PGY-1) positions. The clinically based Transitional year offered for residents selected into the categorical position, provides collaboration with various Virginia Mason departments and Seattle Children’s Hospital. This experience provides an excellent breadth of patient care, and allows the individual resident flexibility in elective and ward month selections.

Virginia Mason partners with the University of Washington School of Medicine so medical students can participate in the unique aspects of patient care within different departments. This commitment to education and patient experience extends to the Anesthesia Department with students from various medical schools around the country having completed a clerkship rotation with us, many of which have gone on to join our residency program.

The teaching faculty at Virginia Mason consists of 25 fully board-certified, U.S. trained anesthesiologists who place resident education at the top of their career priority. All faculty are fellowship trained or have a specific area of interest complementary to our department’s mission. The group is active in research and participation and leadership in national associations with current or past presidents of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine and the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers as well as active participation with the examination process of the American Board of Anesthesiology.

View information on department research and publications

Clinical Anesthesia Years and Application Information

All application materials must be forwarded via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We look forward to reviewing your application.

James D. Helman, MD, Program Director Eliot Fagley, MD, Co-Associate Program Director Grete Porteous, MD, Co-Associate Program Director
James D. Helman, MD
Program Director, Anesthesiology Residency
Eliot Fagley, MD
Co-Associate Program Director, Anesthesiology Residency
Grete Porteous, MD
Co-Associate Program Director, Anesthesiology Residency 

For additional information about our anesthesiology residency program contact: 
Kim Swieringa
Program Coordinator
Virginia Mason
Graduate Medical Education M.S. H8-GME
925 Seneca Street
Seattle, WA 98101

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